Here is an article that was recently published in the Worcester Liberal Democrat newsletter on the state of local football. We believe more should be done at a local and national level to increase participation and all the benefits that come with it. Football is awash with money; just look at the recent TV rights deal for the Premier League of over £5 billion.
Football in Worcester has seen a detrimental reduction in participants over the past few years. At the end of the 2013/14 season, the Worcester + District Saturday League was discontinued, a lack of teams being the principle reason. This left no local Saturday football league in the county of Worcestershire. Alongside this, spiralling pitch costs has seen many teams fold, culminating in a farcical league re-organisation during the off-season of 2014 in which teams were shuffled around, not based on their league position, but on which league they wanted to play in – such was the lack of teams staying on from the previous season. There are many reasons for this decline in participation; the lack of, and/or the appalling state of facilities, (many grounds don’t even have changing rooms and those that do are often barely fit for purpose) and the spiralling cost of running a team, from the pitch itself to administration, fines, the list goes on. So the question is – why aren’t we doing anything about it? We are all aware of the benefits of local sport, particularly in this day and age with the so-called ‘obesity epidemic’. Surely more can be done to encourage new football teams to run in the area, and to keep costs down so it can be enjoyed by all, for the benefit of the participants and the community. Lib Dems in Worcester will strive to improve playing fields and facilities.
Written by Worcester Liberal Democrat member, Adam Warner.
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